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Thought For The Day 11/30/14

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The First Sunday in Advent

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT••ONE CANDLE LIT

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 A Prayer For Today  

November 30th, 2014
The First Sunday of Advent

All Powerful Father,

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.  It is a time of preparation for our hearts, minds and our spirits!

Help us to focus on the meaning that Your coming offers to humankind.  Help us to put the material aspects of this season in their proper place and perspective. And help us to share that the true reason for the season is the celebration of Your gift to us all…. Your only begotten Son!

We ask these things in His name…. 

Amen.  

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Mark the Apostle

St. Mark was a native of the North Africa county of Libya. He was born in the city of Cyrene in Pentapolis, The western part of Libya, west of the border of Egypt. St. Mark was born of Jewish parents three years after the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His original name was John and his surname was Mark : “And when he (Peter) came to himself ….., he (Peter) came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark, where many gathered together praying” (found in Acts 12:11-12); and “Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark” (found in Acts 15:37); “And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark” (found in Acts 12:25).

St. Mark’s parents, Aristopolos (his father) and Mary (his mother), migrated to Palestine shortly after the birth of St. Mark because of the Berber attacks on their town and property. They settled in Cana of Galilee not far form Jerusalem A few years later St. Mark’s father died and Peter Simon (St. Peter), who was married to a relative of St. Mark’s father took care of St. Mark and considered him a son: “The Church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, salutes you and so does Marcus (Mark) my son”; (found in 1 Peter 5:13). Peter Simon saw to it that St. Mark got a good education. St. Mark studied law and the classics.

Church Traditions state that Mary, St. Mark’s mother, was admirer of Jesus Christ and followed Him everywhere and that St. Mark was one of the attendants who served at the feast in Cana of Galilee at which Jesus Christ turned the waster into wine: “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee … and both Jesus and was called and his disciples, to the marriage .. when the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, … This was the first miracle Jesus did …”

http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/synexarion/mark.html

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Our Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 63: 16-19 NLT

Surely you are still our Father! Even if Abraham and Jacob would disown us, Lord, you would still be our Father. You are our Redeemer from ages past.

Lord, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants, the tribes that are your special possession. How briefly your holy people possessed your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it.

Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you, as though we had never been known as your people.

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Our New Testament Reading

 Mark 13: 33-37 NLT

And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”

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We Light The Candle Of Hope….

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world.  It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope.  Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire.  We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death.  We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.  And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/firstweek.html

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Hymn For Today

“Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending”

Written by Charles Wesley
December 18, 1707 –  March 29, 1788
Performed by St Michael’s Singers


Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

 

 

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

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Thought For The Day 11/29/14

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Act Friday… And Saturday… And Sunday…

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Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.

Quincy Jones

http://www.dailycelebrations.com/service.htm

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Now that you’ve eaten your fill of your Thanksgiving Dinner and those neatly wrapped leftovers are at the ready for the requisite hot turkey open-faced sandwich planned for tonight’s dinner, what will you be doing with the rest of the, what for many, is a four day holiday weekend? Will you have been like the nearly 160 million other people throughout the country, hovering around the entrance of your local retail establishment in the wee hours of the morning like a plague of locusts hovers over crops just before annihilating the plants? Did you even wait that long given the new retail lure of Thanksgiving Day shopping? Are you guilty of trampling over the guy next to you to grab the last of the $1000.00 computers which they are offering for $250.00? Mark my words and listen to the wisdom of Mamma Mandy who learned some very valuable advice from my own mother more years ago than I care to remember…. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

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The hook has been baited by retail establishments. You are already in the door the moment you discover that the quantity of $250.00 computers that are available is 2 not 200! So before you become a Christmas Shopping “Humbug”, why not consider avoiding the mall entirely, and instead, think about establishing a new family tradition to kick off the Christmas season? Why not embrace the true reason for the season and change “Black Friday” and Saturday and Sunday into “Act Friday” and Saturday and Sunday!

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I actually was patting myself on the back thinking I had come up with perfect thing to light that inner fire of inspiration within your hearts, only to discover that churches actually encouraged something similar in 2010 called “Bless Friday”. And identical to the intent begun by those churches, I want to encourage you to take a moment and give some thought as to what God expects of us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World! How about beginning the holiday season by thinking about service to others? And what better way can there be than to do something to banish hunger or want or despair that has become an epidemic, albeit an invisible one, in our communities here in the United States and throughout the world.

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Now I am not going to make any specific suggestions this morning. I would much rather you search your own heart to discover just where it is leading you. However, I do want to remind you that you are all intimately familiar with that miracle of miracles…..the internet. You are, after all, reading my post here thanks to the information highway that has become a part of your everyday existence in this, the 21st century! So why don’t you let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard or even across your very own yellow pages for some ideas of places that might need your help? The possibilities are endless!

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As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.

Amen

1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/28/14

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How Much Control Do We Really Have?

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“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

Jim Rohn

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/we-must-all-suffer-from-one-of-two-pains-the-pain/347821.html

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Well today’s blog probably will come as a huge surprise to many… not the least of which will be my husband, Dan, because I am going to talk about the NFL  …… in a way! Now those of you who know me know that, for the most part I am a football widow. Sunday afternoons and evenings in my house see my “hub-stud” transformed into the ultimate couch potato. In other words, when the NFL is on TV …. ANY game …. well let me put it this way, Dan would think twice about getting out of his chair and leaving our house if it was on fire and burning down around his ears! And the closest I come to an occasional glance TV-ward is if the GIANTS, JETS or EAGLES are playing. Otherwise, just think of me as lacking that internal, grid-iron loving gene! However, tradition must stand and so the Thanksgiving NFL lineup is the normal viewing as we all sit, in near coma, recovering from our feast! Which leads me to recall one game and one player, in particular, that was NOT a member of the GIANTS, JETS or EAGLES. I will never forget, a couple of years ago, his Thanksgiving Day antics  against an opposing player whereby he continually pushed that player’s head into the ground and then proceeded to stomp on him after the whistle was blown. I was positively dumbfounded!

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Some time after this happened, I saw an interview of this talented young man. He affirmed that in his everyday life, he is kind, gentle and philanthropic individual. In fact, his charitable works are a matter of public record! BUT, somehow, the grid-iron creates within him some kind of bi-polar transformation where he morphs into a mean, aggressive and nasty player. And I guess that some would see this as acceptable. However, it seems likely that the NFL would have suspended him from at least 2 games for those Thanksgiving antics, and which, if I do the math semi-right, could amount to a $250,000.00 fine if his annual salary is $2,000,000.00. Plus there is the probability that he will be required to complete “Anger Management” training.

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In no other area of business would such behavior be tolerated. Imagine your local banker behaving this way. How long would your money remain in that particular institution? If such behavior were exhibited by a dog, such an animal would surely be put down. And yet, professional athletes, a role model for young people world-wide, are somehow often exempt from censure, for displaying behavior such as this in their professional arena. Which leads me to ask one presumably simple question of everyone ….. How Much Control Do We Really Have?

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I guess this is that “fate or destiny” question we must always ask ourselves each and every day. And the bottom line is, we each have complete control over the actions we take and deeds that we do in our own lives. We control what we think,  how we act. We most certainly control the people that we choose to associate with and have in our lives. It is exactly this innate ability of human-kind that separates us from the lower life forms that share our world with us all.

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God does not control this part of our lives for us either. What He does manage to do is endow each of us with the capacity for self-determination. It is what we each choose for our own lives that counts. God has given us all the rules by which He HOPES we will choose to live our lives, but the final decision for each of us is to be found within those every day decisions we each make! However, I can pretty much guarantee that He is surely pleased when those choices we make are good and of some benefit to others, just as He is surely displeased when our choices hurt those around us. But He does not live our lives for us! So perhaps it is time we all become a bit more vocal regarding the types of behavior we find acceptable for our own community, state, country, and world!

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

2 Peter 1:5-7 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/27/14

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Thanksgiving Day
November 27th, 2014

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 A Prayer For Today 

O God of all Creation: You have cared for the earth, and have filled it with your riches. Abundance flows in your steppes, through the pastures and wilderness. You provide for our land, softening it with showers, bathing it in light, and blessing it with growth.

The hills sing with joy; the meadows are covered with flocks; the fields deck themselves with wheat; and together they glorify your name!

On this occasion of our Thanksgiving, we as a nation take rest from our labors to consider your many blessings. We thank you for our freedoms, and for the opportunity to contribute our skills, our attributes and our values toward the good of society.

We thank you for the mixture of our cultures, blending us into one people under God. Help us to be a light unto other nations, and to further the cause of freedom and justice all over the world.

We remember those who are less fortunate than we. We lift up in prayer the victims of poverty and racism, and all those who suffer from forms of political and economic oppression. Let the word that goes forth from our mouths speak of your peace, and let us proclaim our hope in Christ as Savior of all humankind.

We pray that you will bless all those who gather here, as we have come to experience your presence among us. Give us your guidance, O God, and empower us for your work. For we claim nothing for ourselves, but return all honor and glory unto you, and offer our thanks and praise.

Amen.

From “Prayers for God’s People”
Thomas P. Roberts, editor
http://www.godweb.org/thanksgivingprayers.htm

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Our Old Testament Reading

Psalm 111 NIV

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise

 

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Our New Testament Reading

 1 Chronicles 29: 11-13 NIV 

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name

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Hymn For Today

“We Gather Together”

This song of praise was orig­in­al­ly writ­ten in 1597 to cel­e­brate a Dutch vic­to­ry. It ap­peared in Ne­der­landtsche Ge­denck­clanck, by Adri­an­us Va­ler­ius (Haar­lem, Hol­land: 1626) (Wilt heden nu treden).

Ar­ranged & trans­lat­ed from Dutch to La­tin by Ed­uard Krem­ser in Sechs Al­tnie­der­länd­ische Volks­lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­many: 1877) Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by The­o­dore Bak­er, 1894.

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We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

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Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

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We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,

And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

 

Music Performed by:
Cedarmont Kids (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3)

 

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/26/14

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Second Chances

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People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.

David Millar

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/second_chance.html

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We all have heard the saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and yet, isn’t it a wonderful thing that God gives us second chances each and every day?

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It’s not a coincidence that one of Jesus’ names is “Redeemer”! The very definition of redeem is “to clear by payment” and Jesus did that for us all…..in spades! All those sins I’ve accumulated in my life are wiped clean and every day is a new beginning. How wonderful a gift is that? So I think that each and every day, I’ll start by thanking God, and then just simply enjoy those second chances He’s blessed me with!

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I remember a special day a couple of years ago, when I was able to experience a second chance by enjoying a child’s birthday party with my grandson. No, it wasn’t  Landon’s birthday, but a party he was invited to. His little friend from daycare celebrated her 2nd birthday and I took Landon since his mommy was working. Can there be anything more magical that being able to witness a little child’s birthday celebration? It was so wonderful helping Landon participate in party games, sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy the magic that is giving to another from your heart, without the expectation of getting back anything except the joy of fun and friendship and fellowship celebrated with others.

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Yes, God gives us all second chances, and third chances, and a million chances each and every day, and all we have to do is reach out and grab a hold of them with both hands. And while we celebrate our gift of second chances, perhaps it’s time we shared that gift with another.

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Isn’t there someone in our life deserving of a second chance by our forgiveness of a transgression perpetrated by them? Who do you want to forgive today? All you have to do is pick up the phone! All you have to do is write a letter! All you have to do is send an email! No matter how you choose, just DO IT! Paying those blessings of God’s second chances forward will change you forever and just might change the world!

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And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

Genesis 45:3-15 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/25/14

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With The Heart Of A Child

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A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/children.html

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There is a very famous Bible verse that comes from Paul. I Corinthians 13:11 NKJV reads, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” And while Paul was making an analogy about the church during the time of it’s very beginnings, there is much wisdom contained that can be applied to the lives we as Christians live today! After all, it is only as we grow and mature with age, and we put the impulsive behaviors of youth behind us, that we are able to more fully understand the lessons that Christ intended for man.

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Even now as 2015 draws near, the same messages that He shared with our ancestors during the time he walked the earth, are well worth remembering! Yes, we should and we must, lose our childish traits such as selfishness, ignorance, stubbornness, and the incapacity to understand the value of things. These are behaviors that, if maintained by the human adult, will limit the level of maturity that is needed for us to be able to become the independent managers of the parts of life that we need…. to control, to prioritize and to manage our households, our communities and our countries in this big world in which we live! However, seeing the world with the awe and wonder and the inherent curiosity that is a part of childhood is something we really should not allow maturity to rob of us too quickly!

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Children are PURE!

Yes, there are those who see all life born as depraved by the stain of original sin. But there is not a single newborn alive that has yet committed sin.  Yes, God reinforces this fact to us in Ezekiel 18:20 NKJV, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son.” Which is why Jesus taught that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to people who are pure of heart, just like a little child!

Children are HUMBLE!

For children there is no one person in the world who is blessed with more greatness or wealth or strength or beauty than any other. All people are equally endowed with these things in the mind of a child. Being someone special is rarely, if ever, important to children. Instead all that matters is that they ARE! Jesus reminded the disciples of the same thing when they asked Him who was the greatest in Heaven. Mark 10:15 NKJV, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Children want to LEARN!

Children are always willing to see all the new possibilities that are available in life even as they absorb, like sponges, all of the information that the world has to offer. This is exactly why a child will ask the adults in their world a million questions…..things that may make no sense to us, such as “Why is are you tall and I’m not?” or “Why is grass green?”! However, as adults, we are often guilty of closing our minds to new possibilities. But God asks of us to listen and learn the lessons His Son shared with the world with every one of our senses, and He also asks us particularly, to open our minds and to see with our hearts! Romans 12:2 reminds us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Children TRUST

Our little ones instinctively know that they are unable to do for themselves and so they trust that their parents will care for them and provide for their needs. So should we remember to trust that God has promised to care for us, as well. Yes, that may well be by allowing us the knowledge we need to care for ourselves, but it is also in understanding that He is always right by our sides as we do! Hebrews 13:5 NKJV reminds us,  “For he himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

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Yes, some very mature and responsible life and faith decisions ask us to remember some very childlike behaviors and actions. So the next time you encounter a little one in your life, look at them…..REALLY LOOK….. and then ask yourself what things about them are worth remembering and applying to the life we live as an adult of faith!

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
 
Matthew 18:1-4 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/24/14

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What Do You Want Me To Do?

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Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.

Quotes For Everyday Life

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Sometimes when you begin at the beginning to try to explain some absolute you are wrestling with, it often helps to begin by asking a question! And this was mine not so very long ago!

Question to myself: What is the very first thought that comes to mind when someone comes up to you, taps you on the shoulder, and says they need something from you?

Answer: Hmmmmmm!

Yes, it’s the very human part of me that must admit to you that my first thought is not always, “Let me grab my coat and I’ll be right with you!” No, usually my very first thought is,”Oh gee whiz….. I wonder what this is going to cost me!” That is because it is man’s baser side that colors so much of what happens during our interactions with others, with caution and even suspicion!

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Unfortunately, experience has taught us that we generally don’t get something for nothing and that doesn’t change whether the something sought is a concrete tangible or simply our time and attention. So isn’t it a breath of fresh air simply knowing that when God comes to us (and He does…..all the time, whether we realize it or not), we know ahead of time that He doesn’t NEED anything from us? After all, everything that exists is already His. But…… BUT….. He does ask and He does deserve much from us anyway! The thing is that whether we grant the things that He asks of us is entirely up to us.

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What He does ask is not subjective or obscure. He reinforces over and over what He hopes will be the choices we will make. Micah 6:8 NIV says: ‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’. Again in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV, we are told, ‘And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?’  And, of course, the verse that is probably sums it all up the best comes to us from the New Testament. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

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The list of actions and behaviors He expects from us are clear, having been reinforced over and over throughout the texts of His handbook, the Bible. He asks that we respect, honor, love and serve Him. And yet, He does not NEED our respect, our honor, our love or our service. It is what He asks, which means it is fully within our own capacity to decide if we will give Him what He asks. But wait one second. Is what He expects really so very difficult for us to manage?

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As beings who spend so much time and attention to the way we interaction with others, are these not the exact same things we hope for and expect from everyone we touch as we live our lives? Are not the things He asks a part of common courtesy and decency that should be part of our lives? Respect for others, honoring them by our behaviors, loving them completely and sharing and serving with our whole being are the things that reinforce the best parts of man, and separate us from the other life forms that share our world. They are all a part of the LOVE that is contained within the human heart!

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“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
 
Psalm 50:14-15 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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